“But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise and take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” And he arose and took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he departed for the regions of Galilee, and came and resided in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene”” (Matthew 2:19-23).
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New Year - 2021
Loving and Living Father, “You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God” (Psalm 86:10. Truly, “Your way, O God is holy; what god is great like our God?” (Psalm 77:13). You alone are God. There is none like You. There is none besides You. You are “God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:39). You are in a distinguished class all by Yourself. You have been with us. You have cared for us. You have watched over us. You have helped us. You have defended us. You have been compassionate to us. You have been good to us. You have loved us. You have shown us Your great mercies. You have been patient with us. You have been gracious to us. Your forgiveness abounded for us. You have shown us Your great lovingkindness in 2020. Yes, You have blessed us. You have Yourself fought on our behalf in all our spiritual battles. Indeed, in Your great faithfulness, You have watched over us and carried us, just as a man carries his son (see Deuteronomy 1:31b) through a difficult and distressing year. Though 2020 was difficult and distressing, yet You have not forsaken us nor forgotten us. Indeed, to You be all the glory! We give thanks and praise to You for all the good that You did for us in 2020. Blessed be Your name! “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth” (Psalm 115:1).
Now, in Your grace and goodness, You have brought us into a brand New Year - 2021! We humbly acknowledge that it is not because of our righteousness that we are privileged to see the very first day of the very first month of the New Year of 2021. It’s all because of Your unconditional and unlimited love for us. And, it will be because of this unfailing love that You will sustain us throughout this New Year.
When 2020 began with great pomp and pageantry, we did not know that COVID-19 would wreak havoc in the nations. But You knew of it all along. In fact, You have complete knowledge of all the events, crisis, conflicts and circumstances that will befall us, not only in January 2021, but also in all of 2021. You already know the end from the very beginning of 2021. Yes, You are fully aware of the way it will begin and how it will end. A great spiritual awakening, renewal and revival may burst forth in the nations in 2021. You know far in advance if that will be happening in 2021. It’s likely that economic crisis, political upheaval and unrest in the nations and natural disasters can occur in this New Year. You are fully aware if their occurrence will be a reality.
Indeed, You alone, fully knows what this New Year will be like and what will dominate the news in the nations. This is because, You are the all-knowing God. You are the Lord of the nations. You are the Controller of all the affairs of the universe. You are “the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5b). You are truly the One in charge and in command and in control of all creation.
It is therefore, with surrendered and submissive hearts that we dedicate the New Year to You, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Faithful and forgiving Father, please, gladly and graciously accomplish all that concerns our families, our friends and fellow-believers, and us; Israel – Your chosen and cherished people, Your Church – Your called-out and consecrated people, and Your world – made up of all the nations and lands You created under the heavens – for the praise of Your great and glorious name.
Lord of all and our loving Father, we look to You in humility and hope to sustain, strengthen, and shepherd us in the New Year of 2021. We accept as coming from Your good and gracious hand, all that You will permit to occur in our personal lives in 2021. We acknowledge that, in every situation, You know what is good for us, and that You have a purpose for everything You allow in our lives. We admit that even though we do not know the future, You know and hold the future. We affirm that You always want the very best for us, not only in this life, but also in the life soon to come. Oh Lord, our God, we appreciate You for Your unending and unfailing love for us. We adore You, for who You are – “compassionate and gracious slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished” (Exodus 34:6-7). We pray all these things in the precious and powerful name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!
The story of Jesus' birth is one of the most blessed stories ever told in the Bible. It is related in simplicity and sincerity. In His sovereign wisdom God chose to preserve the story of our Savior's birth for us, through Matthew and Dr. Luke. Matthew's and Luke's accounts of the birth of Christ both feature Mary, Joseph, angels, and the Holy Spirit. However, Luke's account is more extensive and exhaustive. He writes of the simple shepherds, those to whom the shepherds related their story after carefully checking out everything for themselves, of old Simeon and Anna, a widow and a prophetess. These stories can be read or heard or seen for your Christmas refreshment.
The season of Christmas is one of the most joyous and celebrated seasons in the world. It is the season of presenting gifts to family members, friends, fellow workers and loved ones. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences such joy and celebration, let alone understand the true meaning of God coming in the flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. They miss the true meaning of Christmas because they are not willing to surrender their lives to Christ and worship Him as God's greatest gift to lost and sinful humanity. Joseph and Mary didn't miss Christmas at the First Christmas simply because they yielded their lives to God and were guided into God's purpose and guarded from danger.
In a normal year, the Christmas season is a busy time for many people, including born again believers in Jesus Christ. This year has not been "normal," because of the global coronavirus pandemic, leading to many lockdowns and restrictions on social gatherings. But nevertheless those of us who have been fortunate to survive the ongoing Covid-pandemic, will be pressured to get gifts for our loved ones. This can be time consuming. In fact, this turns to be our main focus during the Christmas season. While giving gifts to loved ones and receiving from them are commendable and demonstrate our care and love for others, they were not the focus of the believers at the First Christmas. After the angel's visit to the virgin Mary, we are told, "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). The shepherds who heard the announcement of the Savior's birth, could not help, but went back to their fields glorifying and praising God (Luke 2:8-20). When old Simeon and Anna saw the Christ-Child at the First Christmas, they poured out their hearts in prayer to God (Luke 2:25-38). So, it's clear that the First Christmas was a time of pondering, praising and praying to God. Let's follow in the footsteps of the believers at the First Christmas, pondering, praising God, and praying to Him!
I thank my Lord and my God for blessing His believing and beloved people with another glorious opportunity of celebrating the Birth of His Beloved and Blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I count it a great honor to be called and chosen to minister the Word of God in such a time as this. For those of you who have visited and continue to visit our ministry website, I thank God for you and pray that you will have a meaningful, magnificent, marvelous and memorable Christmas celebration. I sincerely wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Please read my Christmas message and greetings to you by clicking on this link.
The Global Coronavirus Pandemic!
Our world is literally under attack. The global Coronavirus pandemic has brought our world to its knees. Millions have contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus. Thousands upon thousands have lost their lives after contracting the virus. The future looks bleak for the world. But in the midst of this global pandemic, it is important for believers in Christ to keep reminding themselves that:
- God is our Go-To-Person;
- God is good all the time;
- God is gracious;
- God is great and greatly to be praised;
- God is our guide;
- God is our guard;
- God is our guardian;
- God Himself is our guarantee;
- God is the generous giver who gives life and takes it away. Blessed be His name!
For those who have lost loved ones in the global Coronavirus pandemic, we grieve with you. Our sincere prayer for you is that the Father of mercies, the God of all comfort, will Himself comfort you so that you will be able to comfort others in their trials and losses. [I have personally lost a beloved nephew to the virus in the UK]. We also thank God for those who have been treated and have recovered from the Coronavirus and trust you will be touched with the goodness and grace of God to you. [I also have another nephew who is recovering from the virus in the UK]. We also pray for God's hand of protection on the first responders across the globe. And we pray that even in such a time as this, "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).
During the Christmas season, our thoughts readily turn to popular Christmas characters like the Virgin Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, Elizabeth, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, King Herod, Simeon, Anna, and of course, the “Baby Jesus,” who was born to save His people from their sins. There is a wealth of spiritual nourishment to gain from a careful study of each of these characters. But there is one specific Christmas character that is often forgotten when pondering the Christmas Story. But this character played several significant roles in the Christmas Story. Who is this Forgotten Christmas character? And what significant roles did this Christmas character play in the Christmas Story? Can you make an educated guess? I know you can. But please find out more here.
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